A great weekend for Darius Labanauskas and Marko Kantele

The fourth weekend on the PDCNB-tour is over and it was a great weekend.

All the best players in the PDC Nordic & Baltic were gathered this weekend in Göteborg. As usual, there were three qualifications for the European Tour and two PDCNB tournaments. But this weekend had one tournament besides the five usuals. This was because, we had to find the two Nordic and Baltic participants for the U23 World Championship.

At Friday there were two qualifications for the European Tour. Darius Labanauskas win the first one, after he had beaten Madars Razma by 6-3 in the final. Therefor we will see Darius in Maastricht at the Dutch Darts Championship in Holland.

In the qualification for the International Darts Open in Germany, once again Darius reached the final. But this time he had to leave empty-handed, because he lost 6-3 against Magnus Caris.

Saturday started with the first of two PDCNB-tournaments. The tournament will especially be remembered for the “almost-9-darter” by Kim Viljanen. The unfortunate Finn missed D18 for the perfect leg.
Despite the missed 9-darter, Kim went to the final, in which he met Daniel Larsson. The Swedish proved to strong and won by 6-3.

Then it was time for the third qualification. This time for the European Darts Trophy in Gottingen. The final was a pure Finnish showdown, as it were Kim Viljanen and Marko Kantele who had to compete. Marko Kantele won by 6-4 and is ready for the 13th European Tour-event.

At Sunday it was time for the qualification for the U23 World Championship. Only eight hopefull players had signed up for the qualification. After six games it resulted in, that Danish Nicolai Rasmussen and Swedish Hampus Norrstrøm will be the two participants from the PDC Nordic & Baltic.

Sunday got wrapped up by the last PDCNB-tournament. Once again Darius Labanauskas found his way to the final, but so did Marko Kantele and it ended up with a 6-5 win for the Finn.

The results of the weekend means Darius Labanauskas and Daniel Larsson still is in the top 2 at the PDCNB Order of Merit.

 

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Iceland 5/10 – 7/10 2018

Registration

By entering the events players comply with the tournament rules

Entry deadline Wednesday 3/10 2018

See registration page for information

Schedule

This weekend will hold the following events:

  • PDCNB Pro Tour 9
  • PDCNB Pro Tour 10
  • Qualification for PDC Europe (will be updates when PDC reveils 2019 calendar)

 

EVENT TIME DESCRIPTION REGISTRATION
 PT 9  Saturday 6/10, 11:00 PDC Nordic & Baltic
Pro Tour 9
 09:00 – 10:00
 PT 10  Sunday 7/10, 11:00 PDC Nordic & Baltic
Pro Tour 8
09:00 – 10:00

Venue

City Park Hotel
Ármúli 5,
108 Reykjavík

Playing area is on the left side and up to the 2 floor.

Accomodations:

City Park Hotel Reykjavik
Ármúli 5 ( Entrance by Hallarmúli 1)
108 Reykjavík

Booking: www.cityparkhotel.is
Booking code: iamspecial (10% dicsount)

Artic Comfort Hotel
(650 m from venue)
Síðumúli 19
108 Reykjavík

Booking via e-mail: lobby@articcomforthotel.is
Booking code: #11730

Single room: 13200 ISK/night
Twin room: 15900 ISK/night
Triple room: 19200 ISK/night

Other options

There are a lot of other accommodation possibilities in Iceland, we recommend that you use www.booking.com and then contact the hotel directly.
The venue is a 20 min walking distance from Reykjavik City Center.
If you need further assistance you can contact Ingibjörg on kastid@kastid.is or by calling 00354-7704642

 

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PDC UNICORN WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP EXPANDS FOR 2018

THE PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship is to expand to 96 players with a prize fund of £60,000 this year, providing greater opportunities for young players from across the globe.

 

In a move which mirrors the expansion of the William Hill World Darts Championship, an additional 32 places will be made available as the tournament grows to a new level.

There will be up to 72 qualifiers from the PDC Unicorn Development Tour Order of Merit, alongside any age-qualified players inside the top 32 on the main PDC Order of Merit.

They will be joined by 24 international qualifiers from across the world to compete in the early rounds on Monday November 5 at Wigan’s Robin Park Tennis Centre.

The first round will be a group stage featuring 32 groups of three players, with the group winners progressing to compete in a knockout format from the last 32 onwards.

The final will then take place on Sunday November 25 at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort between the semi-finals and final of the Players Championship Finals, live on ITV4.

An additional £10,000 has been added to the prize fund for the World Youth Championship, with the winner also securing a place in the 2018/2019 World Championship and the finalists qualifying for the 2019 Grand Slam of Darts.

“It’s wonderful that we can expand the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship and this is a huge boost for young players around the world,” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

“This tournament has grown in stature since being introduced in 2010-11 and is a brilliant opportunity for players to make their name – with Michael Smith being the obvious example of a former World Youth Champion who is now winning titles at the highest level.

“Not only does our expanded field reward more players who compete on the PDC Unicorn Development Tour throughout the year, but it also enables us to provide further chances for qualifiers worldwide.

“With the World Series of Darts continuing to grow alongside our affiliated tours across the globe, we’re seeing young players emerging now with the ability and ambition to get to the top.

“Expanding the World Youth Championship in this way is another step for all young players and we’re looking forward to a great championship in November, both with the early rounds and the final in Minehead.”

Unicorn Darts Managing Director Edward Lowy said: “Supporting the future of darts has been in our DNA for over 80 years and we are delighted and proud to be working with the PDC on expanding the Development Tour and World Youth Championship to help develop the darting stars of tomorrow.

“You only need to look at how Team Unicorn star Dimitri Van den Bergh has developed since winning last year to see how important this tournament is.”

Belgium’s Dimitri Van den Bergh will defend his title in November, having claimed the honour in 2017 by defeating Josh Payne in the final.

Canada’s Dawson Murschell has qualified as the best-performing eligible player at the recent William Hill North American Championship.

2016 World Youth Champion Corey Cadby is joined by Steve Fitzpatrick in qualifying from the DartPlayers Australia rankings, while Kiwi talent Tahuna Irwin won the DartPlayers New Zealand qualifier.

German duo Sven Hesse and Lukas Wenig are further qualifiers, alongside Gibraltar’s Jarvis Bautista, America’s Sean Coohill, Canada’s Logan Crooks and South Africa’s Alexander Faddel.

Further qualifying events will be held in the USA, Canada, China, Asia, Russia, Ireland, across Europe and through PDC Nordic and Baltic, while two players will represent the Junior Darts Corporation.

A further two weekends remain on the PDC Unicorn Development Tour for players to qualify, on September 22-23 in Peterborough and November 3-4 in Wigan.

Prize Fund

Winner                                 £10,000 +Place in 2018/2019 World Championship + Place in 2019 Grand Slam of Darts

Runner-Up                         £5,000 + Place in 2019 Grand Slam of Darts

Semi-Finalists                    £2,500

Quarter-Finalists               £1,600

Last 16                                  £1,000

Last 32                                  £500

Second in Group               £300

Third in Group                   £250

Total                                      £60,000

Format

The group stage will be the best of nine legs per match, with two points awarded per win.

In the event of a tie, players are separated by head-to-head, or in the case of a three-way tie by leg difference, then head-to-head and, if needed, a three-way nine-dart shoot-out.

The knockout stage will be the best of 11 legs.

Early Rounds: November 5 2018 – Robin Park Tennis Centre

Final: November 25 2018 – Butlin’s Minehead Resort

 

Field

Invitations will be issued to the following players:

Players aged 23 or under from the top 32 of the PDC Order of Merit

Up to 72 players from the final 2018 PDC Unicorn Development Tour Order of Merit

24 Invitations, as follows:

USA, Canada, Best-performing player from 2018 North American Championship, China, Asia x2, Australia x2, New Zealand, Nordic & Baltic x2, Germany x2, Gibraltar, Ireland x2, Russia, JDC x2, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, South Africa. Once place TBC.

The PDCNB qualification will take its place alongside the tournament-weekend in Göteborg from the 10th of August until the 12th of August. Registration must be done before the 8th. So if you want to participate in the qualification, it cannot be stressed enough, that you have to registrate soon.

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Gary Anderson is the champion of the World Matchplay

The final is finished and the new World Matchplay champion is Gary Anderson.

We have now found the winner of World Matchplay 2018. After an incredibly even match, Gary Anderson won by 21-19.

Thus he writes himself into history books, as the third player who has won the Premier League, The World Championship and World Matchplay. Only Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen have done this before.

However, it was not an easy game for Gary Anderson. In spite of 14 180’s, Gary seemed very unfocused at times and did not always look like a man who could find the level we know him for.

After a very close start, where it was 9-9, Gary Anderson slowly began to pull off and suddenly he was ahead by 14-10. Suljovic, however, found the level again and did not let Gary move further. Nevertheless, Gary arrived at 17-13 and thus he looked like the champion.

Suljovic did not go without a fight and suddenly it was 17-17. Thus, the match should go into a “tie-break” where one must win by two two legs. And here, Suljovic actually got in front by 18-17 and then he was very close to the title, but Gary stepped on the accelerator and got back in front by 19-18. With 121 left, Gary got down on red bull for the last dart. The dart was actually in the red bull, but was so close to the metal that it bounced out again. Suljovic took advantage of that and then it was 19-19. Gary, however, was not shooked by the missed matchdart and with great play, he secured the next two legs and thus victory and the title.

Thus Gary Anderson became the first to lift the World Matchplay Cup under the new name, Phil Taylor Trophy.

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The final of the World Matchplay is here

Yesterday the semi-finals were played and today it is time for the very big final.

The semifinals have been decided yesterday and it was two semi-finals of two different worlds.

The first between Mensur Suljovic and Peter Wright was characterized by slow play and a barely high level. Both players, but Peter Wright in particular, had difficulty finding the rhythm and resulted in very doubtful scores.

Despite a very even start of the match, Suljovic got in front by 9-6. However, Peter Wright just found that extra level required and got up 10-10. Here, it seemed that Wright had found the level that was necessary to win the match. However, after the break, he came back in an even more bad shape than before in the match and therefore it was not a problem for Suljovic to get in front and winning the match by 13-17. Certainly not a match that will be remembered for its level.

There is, on the other hand, a chance for that about the second semi-final between Gary Anderson and Jeffrey de Zwaan. Entertainingly, the match between Gary and Joe Cullen was probably a notch better, but this semi-final was a powerful competitor.

Both players started out with a fantastic high level and followed each other for a long time. As in the rest of the tournament, Jeffrey de Zwaan played his own cool game, while Gary also continued to throw in the big scores. At 10-9, in Gary’s favor, Jeffrey broke a bit and did not quite play by the average and the coolness we have seen from him in the rest of the tournament. A great-playing Gary Anderson took advantage of that and came in front by 14-9. Therefore, there was not much to do for the Dutchman, even though he found the rhythm again. It was too late. Gary Anderson won the match 17-12 in a game where there was no less than 25 180s, a 99-average for Jeffrey and a 106-averrage for Anderson, who also had a nice 152-checkout along the way.

Today the final is between Mensur Suljovic and Gary Anderson. A match that can be settled on the psychological game.
If Gary hits the level from yesterday, it’s hard to see that Mensur should have the big chances in the match. Mensur has the advantage that he throws relatively slowly and it may break Anderson’s rhythm in that he throws relatively quickly.
The two players have met each other eight times and here there have been four victories to each. Mensur has not won since he beat Anderson in last year’s Champions League final.

But if the final lives up to the level we’ve seen throughout the tournament, we can expect a brag of a match.

The final will be decided in the format of best of 35 legs.

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Day two of the quarter finals at the World Matchplay

It’s time for the next two quarter finals of this year’s World Matchplay.

The first quarter finals were played yesterday and such crazy matches. First, Dave Chisnall, who started as a race car against young Jeffrey de Zwaan. It looked like a match, in which the Dutchman would crack do to the high level of Chizzy. However, that was not the case.
Instead it was Chizzy who broke and Jeffrey de Zwaan continued the calm and high level, that he has shown in all his matches during this tournament. Hence the Dutchman could pull out of the match with a victory by 16-8.

Best as we thought it could not get any better, it got better. The match between Gary Anderson and Joe Cullen was among the top five, if not the best match that has been played throughout 2018. The match was so even and it had it all. Gary Anderson made one 9-darter already in the fourth leg, after which he made a checkout of 141 in the following set.

After that, the incredibly even match continued, non of them were ever up with more than two legs. But the impressive level were not finished yet. At 9-9, Joe Cullen pulled out a 170-checkout of his sleeve.

The incredibly tight match meant that the match had to go into “extra time” as one must win with two clear legs. At 17-18, Cullen had three darts at the D20 to equalize. The nerves took over and all three ended up too high, Gary Anderson took advantage of that and secured the victory by 17-19.

Now we know the one semifinal, that will stand between Jeffrey de Zwaan and Gary Anderson. Today we will find the other semifinal.

The level can hardly live up to yesterday, and yet the level has been incredibly high at the tournament this year, so everything is possible.

The first match is between Simon Whitlock and Peter Wright. Simon Whitlock got into the quarterfinals by knocking James Wade, in a very close match, while Peter Wright surely got through when he beat Kim Huybrechts in superb style. Simon Whitlock has not beat Peter Wright in 2018, but that was also the case with James Wade, where Whitlock found an incredibly high level, so maybe we will see another exciting show of high class.

In the second quarterfinal we find Mensur Suljovic and Darren Webster. Suljovic beat Ian White by 11-8, to reach this round, where Darren Webster, surprisingly won with the same numbers against the world champion Rob Cross. The players have met five times and Suljovic leads by 4-1. Websters one victory was back in 2015. But it has not been predictable in this tournament, so all we can hope for is that it will be an exciting match.

Friday July 27
Quarter finals
Peter Wright vs. Simon Whitlock
Mensur Suljovic v Darren Webster

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It is time for the quarter finals of the World Matchplay

We are entering the crucial phase now, whit the quarter finals coming up.

The last matches of the second round were played yesterday and here Rob Cross was somewhat surprisingly eliminated from the tournament by Darren Webster who won by 11-8. In addition, Simon Whitlock took his first win over James Wade in 2018 when he won 11-7 in a match in which both, but especially Whitlock, played with a very good level.

The two favorites Mensur Suljovic and Peter Wright also played on to the quarterfinals as they won 11-8 and 11-5 respectively.

Today, it is time for two of the total four quarter finals.

In the first match we have the sensation Jeffrey de Zwaan, who can not be shaken just because you are called Adrian Lewis or Michael van Gerwen. He is heading for Dave Chisnall, who has also shown a very nice level during this tournament. This match could be something of a horror and it is not at all unthinkable that the young Dutchman continues on to the semifinals.

In the evening’s second match, Joe Cullen meets Gary Anderson. Joe Cullen has so far had a relatively easy run in the tournament when he first beat Gerwin Price by 10-3 and subsequently Daryl Gurney by 11-3. Now he is going to meet much more resistance, but he will know that. The two have met eight times and right now, there is a tie between them. Gary, however, resembles one who has refound his form, so it could indicate that the quarterfinal will be the end for Joe Cullen.

In the quarter finals they play best of 31 legs. So first to 16. As usual they have to win by two legs.

Thursday July 26
Quarter finals
Jeffrey de Zwaan v Dave Chisnall
Joe Cullen v Gary Anderson

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The second round of the World Matchplay continues

The first four matches of the second round has been played, this evening the last four will be played.

My heart rate can not be the only one that has not yet fallen. Wow for a second round start. First, Dave Chisnall makes one of the wildest comebacks against Michael Smith. Down by 1-7 and  still win by 11-8, it’s simply impressive.

Cullen continued the style and threw Gurney out of the tournament by 11-3, after which Dutch Jeffrey de Zwaan showed strength and beat Adrian Lewis in an extremely entertaining match, with the numbers 11-9. And last but not least, Gary Anderson was victorious when he beat Raymond van Barneveld with 11-9 in an even match.

Today there will be four new matches, and time will show, if the level of entertaining continues.

The first match is between Simon Whitlock and James Wade. Whitlock easily moved on from the first round when he met  Richard North, who was not convincing at all. Wade had to fight a bit more for it when he beat Jermaine Wattimena by 12-10. The two have so far met twice in 2018 and James Wade has won both times, so Whitlock will probably want to end that streak.

The second match of the evening is between Mensur Suljovic and Ian White. Both players proceeded from the first round, where Ian White impressed with eight maximums. The two players have met each other a handful of times over the past few years, but we have to go back to 2016 to find Whites recent victory.

After that, Rob Cross will face Darren Webster. Both players comfortably moved on from the first round and are now meeting each other for the third time. Rob Cross has been the winner of the two previous showdowns.

The last match of the evening is between Peter Wright and Kim Huybrechts. The Belgian had some trouble moving on from the first round, where he met John Henderson. In fact, the game went to the 25th and deciding leg before Huybrechts could go away with a victory. Peter Wright, on the other hand, moved on easily when he won 10-5 over Jelle Klaasen, which certainly did not impress.

Wednesday July 24
Second Round
Simon Whitlock v James Wade
Mensur Suljovic v Ian White
Rob Cross v Darren Webster
Peter Wright v Kim Huybrechts

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Second round of the World Matchplay

The second round starts today and especially one match stands out.

All the matches of the first round have been played and this has resulted in Michael van Gerwen being eliminated. In addition, most favorites have moved on to the second round and therefore we can look forward to some very intense matches with higher levels than the first round.

And there should be plenty opportunities this evening. In the first match we have Dave Chisnall against Michael Smith. Both players played some pretty first matches, both of which played with averages over 90.

In the second match, Daryl Gurney plays against Joe Cullen. Cullen came easily through to the second round as he almost demolished Gerwin Price. No matter what, it’s expected that Cullen gets more resistance tonight and the question is whether he can cope with that resistance.

After that, the surprise Jeffrey de Zwaan will play against the former world champion Adrian Lewis. Lewis fought with his level against James Wilson, but showed that his lowest level can still get him far. On the paper he should beat Jeffrey de Zwaan, but you can not deny that the young Dutchman must go in to this match with a lot of self-confidence.

And last but not least, we have the big match between Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld. The two former world champions have met each other a whole 43 times in their respective career. It has resulted in 18 wins for the Dutchman, three draws and 22 victories for Gary Anderson.
Tonight they meet again after two regular performances in the first round. In the evening, the level should be lifted a level or two.

Tuesday July 23
Second Round
Dave Chisnall v Michael Smith
Daryl Gurney v Joe Cullen
Jeffrey de Zwaan v Adrian Lewis
Gary Anderson v Raymond van Barneveld

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The third day of the World Matchplay

We are ready for the third day and another couple of stars will enter the tournament.

Yesterday we saw eight matches. The matches did not bring us the big surprises, the biggest surprise was Joe Cullen’s big win against Gerwin Price.

In addition, Darren Webster, Ian White, Daryl Gurney, Mensur Suljovic, Gary Anderson, Rob Cross and Raymond van Barneveld won their respective matches.

However, Daryl Gurney had to fight more for it than the others, he won by 12-10 in a match in which Steve West missed no less than eleven match-darts.

Today, it is time for the last four matches of the first round. It starts with Kim Huybrechts against John Henderson. Then Simon Whitlock enters the tournament. He will meet Richard North.

The third match of the evening stands between the former winner and current number 10 on the world rankings James Wade. The Englishman meets Jermaine Wattimena.

The evening ends with a party when Peter Wright goes to the stage to meet Jelle Klaasen.

Both James Wade and Peter Wright must be considered favorites for the title, now that Michael van Gerwen is already eliminated. But of course, they have to win tonight at first.

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